Weekend Homestead Happenings

Do you remember in this Fridays Frugal Five I told you about some free Panera bagels I got leftover from a work meeting.

Well, bagels freeze just lovely and take a look at what we enjoyed for one of our breakfasts this weekend.

I love the fact that I saved those bagels, and the egg is from our chickens, and the tomato is from our garden.

Really, how cool is that!

bagel 1

Now, who would turn their nose up at leftover free bagels if it looked this good?  Obviously not me.

I was inspired a couple weeks ago with a gallon of gifted grapes to make some grape jelly.

Well, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that we have had grapes growing on our little homestead for years now, but I’ve never thought to turn them into jelly, I just always thought they were too sour.

But thanks to the Z Man for picking and cleaning me a gallon of them, and thanks to the inspiration of grape jelly last week, I canned another 17 jars of grape jelly and it turned out great.

grapes     jelly 6     jelly 5

You can read more about how I made my jelly here.

We didn’t grow corn this year, but I found some lovely corn at the farm stand just down the road.

I’ve never put up corn, but thought I’d give it a try this weekend.

corn 15   corn 17   corn 10

corn 8    corn 13    corn 6

Yes, that’s a cucumber in the middle of the corn in the top left picture.

The nice lady at the farm stand gave it to me for free, I didn’t have the heart to tell her I have about 2 dozen at home waiting on me to do something with.

The best way I found to cut corn off the cob is to use a bundt pan and a sharp knife.  The kernels fall right into the pan with very little mess.

It was by no means a difficult process.  It did take a bit of time because corn in a pint size jar needs to be pressure canned for 55 minutes.

I bought 8 dozen ears and that netted us 54 pints of canned corn, all sealed and just beautiful.

So, as usual we had a busy weekend on our little homestead, but we will be glad for it come this February and we have all this wonderful food to enjoy.

How was your weekend?  Did you put anything into jars this weekend?

Till next time,

Lori

 

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